So, what is wrong with giving children an education? The same thing that is wrong with combating hunger by giving out fish.
As the old saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a life time.”
Can you image combating hunger by discouraging fishing and outlawing fishing poles? Yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do. Every federal education mandate assumes that it is the government's job to deliver the fish (education) through government controlled fishermen (union teachers). Those consuming the fish (students and their families) have no part in the process. They are trained to wait passively to be fed.
We can't maintain a free society with learners dependent up government institutions for access to education. Somebody, often a politician or “activist,” will exploit the opportunity. The examples of this are too many to count.
Just as feeding programs for starving children are successful as a short-term measure to sustain life while local, long-term remedies are put in place, government controlled "give away" education programs serve no long term benefit, except in a short-term crisis situation while local, self-perpetuating educational systems are (re) established.
This reminds me of a quote by Elbert Hubbard:
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.
The world would be a far better place if government sponsored education programs followed the same motto.
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